92nd Military Police Battalion receives new vehicles via rail
August 29, 2013
Making their way from Red River, Texas, 129 humvees arrived on Fort Leonard Wood Saturday for distribution to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 92nd Military Police Battalion.
"We have 34 cars that were brought on to the installation to deliver these M1151 Humvees to the 4th MEB. They're reset vehicles that came from different areas to be delivered to the MPs here on post," said Darlene Battle, installation transportation officer.
Before handing the vehicles over to the MPs, Burlington Northern San Francisco rail untied and unbuckled the vehicles on the rail cars, inspected them for maintenance status and off-loaded them; all as part of their contract to deliver.
The vehicles, were a welcomed sight for the 92nd Military Police Battalion, as they can now replace soon-to-be obsolete and mismatched vehicles for its four companies.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bevington, 92nd MP Bn. commander, said that the battalion currently has a mixed fleet of up-armored humvees and another version which has been phased out of the Army or going to be phased out.
"It's our whole new fleet, or refurbished fleet. They have rebuilt motors, transmissions and everything. We were short vehicles and we've been piece-milling," Bevington said. "By getting these, it gives us one standard vehicle for all of our companies, so it's a great thing."
With 21 miles of rail line belonging to Fort Leonard Wood the rail cars had to be dropped off by BNSF at Bundy Junction and be picked up by government employees in order to enter the post.
"The personnel operating the trains are people who work for the Directorate of Logistics, we have a conductor, an engineer, and a brakeman," Battle said. "The rail engines went down to Bundy Junction on Saturday and picked up all the rail cars and brought them up, staging them up here on the rail line."
Due to renovations, the Fort Leonard Wood rail line just recently re-opened.
"They were replacing all of our old trestle bridges along the rail line, and they've been replacing the railroad ties with new ones. This is the first big rail move we've had on the installation in over a couple of years," Battle added.